In a significant development, the Governor of Abia State, His Excellency Dr. Alex Otti, has announced the immediate suspension of the Head of Service (HOS) and all Permanent Secretaries in the State civil service. This decision comes in the wake of the inauguration of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the Recovery of Properties and Funds belonging to the Abia State Government.
In a release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kazie Uko, Governor Otti has taken decisive action by appointing Lady Joy Maduka, Director of the Ministry of Education, as the Acting Head of Service. This appointment is seen as a step towards ensuring continuity and maintaining the smooth functioning of the state’s civil service during this period of investigation.
With the exception of John-Pedro Irokansi, who serves as the Clerk of the House, and Mrs. U. G. Uche Ikonne, the Solicitor General, all Permanent Secretaries have been directed to hand over their responsibilities to the most senior Director in their respective Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.
The Governor’s decision to suspend the Head of Service and the Permanent Secretaries is a clear indication of the state government’s commitment to transparency and accountability. The Judicial Panel of Inquiry has been tasked with the crucial responsibility of recovering properties and funds belonging to the Abia State Government. The suspension of these high-ranking officials is aimed at ensuring an impartial investigation into any alleged misappropriation or malfeasance.
While the specific reasons for the suspensions have not been disclosed, it is evident that the Governor’s action underscores the seriousness with which the state government views the recovery of public resources. The appointment of an Acting Head of Service will help maintain the day-to-day operations of the civil service and ensure that public services are not disrupted during this transitional period.
The public has reacted to the government’s decision in a variety of ways; some have praised Governor Otti for taking prompt action to address any potential wrongdoing, while others have expressed concern about how these suspensions will affect the state bureaucracy.
As the Judicial Panel of Inquiry proceeds with its investigations, the people of Abia State eagerly await further developments and anticipate the recovery of any misappropriated funds and properties.